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Islamophobia has assumed "xenophobic proportions" says OIC
Posted by: McQ on Saturday, May 19, 2007

Oh my:
Foreign ministers of the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) yesterday expressed grave concern at the rising tide of discrimination and intolerance against Muslims, especially in Europe and North America. “It is something that has assumed xenophobic proportions,” they said in unison.

[...]

“The increasingly negative political and media discourse targeting Muslims and Islam in the United States and Europe has made things all the more difficult,” the foreign ministers said. “Islamophobia became a source of concern, especially after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, but the phenomenon was already there in Western societies in one form or the other,” they pointed out. “It gained further momentum after the Madrid and London bombings. The killing of Dutch film director Theo van Gogh in 2004 was used in a wicked manner by certain quarters to stir up a frenzy against Muslims,” the ministers pointed out. Van Gogh had made a controversial film about Muslim culture.
Curious, I did a little Googling. So how epic is this Islamophobia in the US? Why it is just awful. Looking at the latest figures the FBI has for "hate crimes" (2004), I was aghast at the figures. It seems in that year, there were 156 incidents of an "anti-Islamic" nature. And there were a total of 201 "victims". Now you have to be careful when you cite victims using the FBI's numbers because they define a victim as "a person, business, institution, or society as a whole." So there you go. In a nation of 300 million, there were an epic number of 156 incidents and 201 "victims" (0.00000067).

Of course in that same year, there were also 954 incidents and 1,076 "victims" among Jews. Heck, there were even 97 incidents and 116 "victims" among Christians. In fact, in the whole of the entire US there were a total of 7,649 reported "hate crimes" and 0.02 were aimed at Muslims.

An epidemic of xenophobic proportions. But numbers Jews here would take in a heartbeat.

Yeah, I know ... "lies, damn lies and statistics".
 
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You’re right. They’re wrong. Good for us.
 
Written By: glasnost
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How dare you deny that Islamophobia is as widespread as the OIC claims. What are you, Islamophobic?
 
Written By: Jimmy the Dhimmi
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I hate to nitpick, but 156 out of 7649 is (roughly) 2%, not 0.02%. Likewise, 0.00000067% of 300 million is two, not two hundred.

Various sources say that Muslims make up less than 1% of the total US population. I’m not enough of a statistics wonk to know the statistical significance of the hypothesis that Muslims are targeted out of proportion (in per capita terms).

In comparison, the same sources say that Jews are roughly 2% of the US population. The numbers in the post indicate 12% of hate crimes target them.
 
Written By: Michael Poole
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I hate to nitpick, but 156 out of 7649 is (roughly) 2%, not 0.02%. Likewise, 0.00000067% of 300 million is two, not two hundred.
It is a fair nitpick. I meant to leave the "%" signs off.
 
Written By: McQ
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Go to the website The Religion of Peace to see a list of Infidelophobia. It dwarfs Islamophobia by several order of magnitudes.
 
Written By: Jason Pappas
URL: http://libertyandculture.blogspot.com/
Dammit, you’re not supposed to actually run numbers and stuff! Just BELIEVE!

Or else.
 
Written By: Firehand
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